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Cablegate: Western Sahara Consultations, April 21, 2008

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TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 1389
INFO RUEHAS/AMEMBASSY ALGIERS 0974
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SUBJECT: WESTERN SAHARA CONSULTATIONS, APRIL 21, 2008

1. This is an action request. USUN is instructed to draw
upon the following elements during Western Sahara
consultations on April 21, 2008.

Begin Elements.

-We appreciate the Secretary General,s report, and welcome
the Personal Envoy,s frank assessment of the situation in
Western Sahara. We appreciate the dedicated service of the
Personal Envoy, Special Representative, Force Commander, and
all MINURSO personnel, often under difficult circumstances.
The conflict in Western Sahara has endured too long without a
resolution. Whatever their view on the conflict, I believe
that all parties can agree that the consolidation of the
status quo is not in anyone's interest. Today I will discuss
six key issues in the Secretary General,s report, and
examine his proposals for the way forward in Western Sahara.


-First, the U.S. strongly agrees with the view of the SYG and
his
Personal Envoy that the momentum from the process of
negotiations can only be maintained by trying to find a
way out of the current political impasse through realism
and a spirit of compromise from both parties.

-To this end, we support the SYG,s call that the parties
enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of
negotiations, and we welcome the Personal Envoy,s assessment
on the way forward. (We support the Envoy,s conclusions, and
we look forward to the continuation of his efforts to
facilitate meaningful negotiations between the parties.)

- Second, we are pleased that the Polisario and Morocco
reiterated
their commitments to the process of negotiations and to
the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1754
and 1783 during the fourth round of negotiations in
Manhasset. The U.S. welcomes their commitment to continue
the negotiations, and we urge them to demonstrate flexibility
and the readiness to negotiate in good faith. We appreciate
Morocco,s efforts to advance the process by submitting a
proposal that could form the basis of future substantive
negotiations.


-Third, the U.S. welcomes the parties, agreement to explore
the
establishment of family visits by land routes, in addition
to the existing program by air. We also welcome the
cooperation that has resulted in an increase in the number
of beneficiaries registered for family visits.

-Fourth, we recognize the parties, cooperation with MINURSO
and
the progress that has been made in mine removal, and urge
the Polisario and Morocco to continue these efforts. As
the SYG has emphasized, this is a valuable contribution to
the
welfare of all Western Saharans and to the security of the
Mission.

-Fifth, the U.S. emphasizes that any act of sexual
exploitation
or abuse (SEA) is unacceptable, and welcomes the training
program for MINURSO staff on standards of conduct.

- Finally, we would like to express our appreciation to troop
contributing countries, and welcome the recent deployment of
female military observers. Additionally, we welcome the
support the AU has provided to the Mission, and we thank and
commend the efforts of the ICRC, the UNHCR, the FAO, and the
WFP for their assistance to the Western Saharans.

End Elements.
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